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EPILEPSY, med. jur. A disease of the brain, which occurs in paroxysms, with uncertain intervals between them.
     2. These paroxysms are characterized by the loss of sensation, and convulsive motions of the muscles. When long continued and violent, this disease is very apt to end in dementia. (q.v.) It gradually destroys the memory, and impairs the intellect, and is one of the causes of an unsound mind. 8 Ves. 87. Vide Dig. 50, 16, 123; Id. 21, 1, 4, 5.

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Droogleever-Fortuyn, "Experimental studies of the functional anatomy of petit mal epilepsy," Research Publications--Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease, vol.
The findings suggest that embelin possess anticonvulsant activity against both grand mal and petit mal epilepsy.
"Absence epilepsy," a generalized type of epilepsy once termed petit mal epilepsy, responds to ethosuximide (Zarontin[R]).